Today, Friday the 13th, may be considered one of the unluckiest days of the year, but next Tuesday, the Luck of the Irish will spread far and wide, thanks to it being St. Patrick’s Day. And what better day to bestow good fortune on the ocean–specifically, North Sound in Virgin Gorda.
Confused? Don’t be. If you’ll be in or near the Virgin Islands, steer your superyacht over to the Bitter End Yacht Club (above, with Martha Ann pictured during a recent visit) for its “North Sound Go Green Day.” In a creative twist on the “green” associated with St. Patrick’s Day, the resort is encouraging all yacht and land visitors to participate in a cleanup of the beaches. Litter bags will be handed out at Bitter End’s moorings and docks, and everyone is encouraged to scour the mangroves, shoreline, and beaches of North Sound and Eustatia Sound via dinghy, megayacht, you name it. If you’ll be staying at the resort without your yacht, you’re invited to use one of the Boston Whalers or Hobie Waves the watersports staff makes available for rent, for a “Clean the Beaches” Rally.
Each bag returned to the watersports docks filled with garbage can be exchanged for a drink coupon, good at the Bitter Ends Sports Pub. The goal is 100 bags of “bona fide flotsam and jetsam,” the staff says, adding that “recent galley trash is not redeemable–trash czars will be inspecting.” The Pub will also host a St. Patrick’s Day party starting at 5:30 to celebrate what will hopefully be a successful campaign.
“So far, a couple megayacht captains/crews have told us they will be there, pitching in,” says John Glynn, vice president of North American sales for Bitter End Yacht Club. If you’re interested in participating, e-mail him.
photo: Guy Clothier for YachtShotsBVI.com